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on 10 April 2004
Its not hard to imagine that this record is only going to appeal to serious Pearl Jam, fans, which is a shame because for thier brief lifespan Mother Love Bone showed some considerable promise.First of all its worth pointing out that your not paying out for Love Bones first and only album "Apple", but a compilation released in 1992 essentially so Polygram could cash in on the massive success of Pearl Jam, curiously its this odds-and-sodds collection thats stayed in print more consistently over the last decade and a bit than "Apple" itself.However MOST of Apple is included here along with tracks from thier debut E.P "Shine", and for the most part it is pretty easy on the ear, particuarly in reegard to sweet ballads like "Gentle Groove" and the bands best known song "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns", as well as that the band spin some impressive hooks on livelier cuts like "This Is Shangrila" and "Come Bite The Apple".
Inevitably thier IS a downside, mostly in regards to late frontman Andrew Wood,who despite being a gifted lyricist and dedent singer can be tremendously irritating when he delves into dated rockstar posturing.The music too occasionally wallows in derivitive hard rock such as "Mindshaker Meltdown".
There was a strong possibility that had Wood survived and Mother Love Bone continued to exist they may have ironed the kinks out of thier sound a few fine albums could have ocurred but of course we'll never know....and of course there never would have been Pearl Jam,and Eddie Vedder may well have been left to decay in inept funk bands for his entire career, so its worth keeping that old adage about clouds and silver linings in mind.